From the Insider Higher Ed site: Wesleyan University has announced it’s moving away from need-blind admissions, effectively taking students’ abilities to pay into admission consideration.
I think we’re going to see an even greater divergence between public and private institutions. Private universities that seek a kind of upper-tier-but-not-quite-Ivy status are going to work to attract the best students who can pay their full-tuition without loans. (Remember, alumni who are not in debt tend to donate more.) Lesser private universities will be consistently strapped for cash. Public schools will pick up the enrollment slack, but will burden students with tens of thousands of debt.